The Absurdity of Humanity….

3 03 2008

 …And we are all aware of this fact.  

Imagine entrusting yourself in a company of individuals….no…more like a collective group. And what makes them a “Collective” group? The fact that these people continuously succumbs to “peer pressure”.

 

You know, it’s funny. 20 years ago when I was only 14, I would have never imagined using the term “Peer Pressure” for a cluster of 30 and 40-something year old men and women. But it’s true. In companies, and rather large ones, these still rings true….even more so in a Japanese company.

 

Now I’ve once worked for a small Japanese design firm based in Los Angeles but perhaps it was the size of the group and the fact that these Japanese folk needed to retain their hip personas by showing how “Pro American” they were. These Japanese design firm owners seemed to be envious of how Americans were such individualists. They didn’t want to have someone do the thinking for them…they wanted to think for themselves. As a result, the atmosphere, though still stressful with deadlines, ended up becoming a laid back environment. There was this honor system that we abided by and it worked. Unfortunately another design firm had made its way in our vicinity and it lead to our firm closing down a year later but regardless, it was a positive experience to remember.

 

Anyhow this doesn’t specifically apply to just Japanese companies. No…this is common thing for most corporations in the entertainment and toy industry. Mattel is one prime example…I used to work for them. Don’t forget that the Anime and Video Game industry *is* indeed part of that heinous Entertainment sector as well. Chauvinism *is* ever prevalent and the scary thing is that most people within their respective companies are TOO dense to realize this…or they are simply spineless…perhaps it’s both. Women are treated poorly but not to the point where it’s noticeable. It’s a lot like relationships and marriage. Yes, your honeymoon may be great and life after the honeymoon may be peachy for a week or two but in time, your partner reveals their true nature and you begin to see the “ugly side” of marriage. This is exactly what it’s like in big corporations. However to avoid conflict, you rarely voice your opinion. You just become a company lap dog. Funny, that my predecessor mentioned this a year ago. Her vendors, which eventually became my vendors, were well informed of what kind of “ugliness” goes on behind closed doors. I’ll have to hand it to Bandai though. They certainly know how to put up a façade.

 

So going back to the original topic, company folk who are “conformists” are people who passively let the higher-ups walk all over them. Why? Well for one, they want to keep themselves employed naturally. Most of us have families and mortgages to take care of so naturally you become a “Yes Man”…or rather a “Yes Person”. Even if you think something is ethically erroneous, you cave in because you know that you are just another number for them to toy with. This fact coupled with things like “density” can prevent an individual or even a group of people to speak up. Just keep in mind that most Asians are NOT confrontational people but one would think that confrontation would be a learnt trait after spending so much time in the States. Pfff….right. Instead they huddle in a group with their similar peers and “DISCUSS” people *chuckles*. LOL, I tried avoiding the word ‘Gossip’ but there really isn’t anyway around it, heh.

 

Also keep in mind that not all corporations are like this, a good majority are, but not all. I do recall feeling at home when I had worked with Sony Pictures. I was reminiscing and wondering why I had left that company. Then I remembered that Mattel offered more money. It was a difficult decision to leave Sony but hey….sometimes you have to admit that money speaks volumes and wins out in the end. It’s a sad fact.

 

I guess what I’m trying to point out is that you should remain cautious when working for a huge corporation. Do your research. Know your rights as an individual. Don’t let yourself be pushed around. And if possible, keep a record of everything from email, conversations (well try your best to recall as much as you can) and everything else. You never know when you might need it again to prove a point.

 

Reality is that you won’t be respected for your skills. You have to become part of the “Boy’s Club”. If you’re an outsider, than you risk having to fight the good fight alone.

 

I guess this is further proof that I will forever remain a “Lone Wolf”.

 

Bottom line is DO NOT BECOME A SELLOUT. I absolutely detest conformists…especially ones that lack a backbone. Yes, there are people that talk “The Big Talk” at the office but in the end, they don’t produce any results. They just continuously gripe silently and suck up to cold and calculating management.

 

I have no respect for such pathetic beings especially, the ones that feel the need to “kiss ass” in order to get ahead or at least obtain a false sense of respect from the others.

 

Yup….dense and spineless.

  

Well, those are my thoughts for the day. If all else fails…remember…there’s karma.

  

–Lone Wolf

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5 responses

3 03 2008
nova

Amen to Karma.

I know how you feel about the “yes sir” “no sir” thing when it comes to work *because u need money to live*. I had a client come in today for a meeting….and boy were they rude. They told me that they would prefer to Update the site live and then bother another co-employee of mine to do the work instead of me. Although i told them neither of the options were possible – they harassed me to the point where i said “ok fine I’ll do the site now but I’m not bothering my colleagues – i can do this work.” Then they come in with a smile on their face and smile all the way through your battle with them to make it seem like they have a good heart. (this is when you’re using common sense that it takes TIME to download a website from a server, install the program on a laptop and project it on an overhead screen for presentation) Then just as when you do all that and edit the site live they leave telling you “Oh I’m going to send you more updates later in an hour or so – can you have this done by tonight? all these new updates.” and this is AFTER the fact your meeting is from 3-5:30pm and you’re off work after the meeting.

I call her the Devil Lady.

My project coord calls her a bitch. God that felt good to say LMAO.

But I got lucky: They said “because you handled that situation so well – double charge the client.” (so i hope she enjoys the bill ^_^ – Karma pwns all. )

Regardless I hate the Devil Lady……No Respect for employees or anyone but her own project. It’s sick – but i won’t take that fake smile and i won’t abuse my colleagues or myself.

Oh best of ALL she INSULTED ME in front of my face – during the meeting lol. It was great. She compared me to a doctor and insulted me and all doctors. I ran the meeting and made it all pro and got insulted LOL.

So I agree with you 110% Lone Wolf, don’t be a sellout. People are worth more then dirt and they should be treated like they deserve.

4 03 2008
nova

Note: i forgot to tell u….

When she left i cleaned up the meeting room – then walked back into the office I sorta yelled “I survived!” and got a standing ovation LOL. They told me “oh btw – none of us could handle that client….which is why you ended up with her”.

Moral of story. Don’t **uk with people – cause you treat them bad and you end up double the charge or an employee short or karma will get you wahaha.

4 03 2008
ShizNat_No_Yume

Wow….I hate people who gossip. It is just pointless and stupid. But I guess some people don’t have lives, lol. I think I’ve learned how to deal with most of it, since I’m a bit of a loner myself. I never had a spine until my good friend just straight up told me “Sam, you need to get a spine.” And here I am, with a spine xD

I really just say what I want, but I’m thinking of toning that down a bit. It gets me into a bit of trouble at work >_> Haha

5 03 2008
rennychan

dang. shes awful. they should’ve tripled the charge. lol. i would’ve blown away that ‘customers always right’ motto and punched her in the face. no wonder you’re always stressed. all these people you have to deal with. i hope karma will turn that insult around and tangle it into a bigger ball of embarassment for that ‘devil lady.’ 😀

5 03 2008
rennychan

Funny how I’m not even working yet and I know how it feels to be a “lapdog.” i guess school is just a precursor to real life situations. im still trying to break the habit of letting myself be stepped on and i think college and learning to be an individual is helping that out.

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